Wasserman Schultz Won't 'gavel In' The Democratic Convention: Reports

By Tim RostanMarketsMarketWatch Pulse

Party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not perform the ceremonial function of calling to order the Democratic National Convention tonight in Philadelphia, according to MSNBC and CNN reports. Wasserman Schultz, a House member from Florida, announced Sunday she'd vacate her party post at the close of the convention in the wake of a WikiLeaks release of emails that strongly suggested the party apparatus sought to pave Hillary Clinton's path to the Democratic nomination at the expense of main rival Bernie Sanders. When she was jeered at a pre-convention event early Monday for delegates from her home state, concern grew that her presence on stage in the convention hall would be a significant distraction.

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